Arsenal was deserving losers on Saturday afternoon but could have rescued a point if Cazorla had not missed a penalty when he slipped.  From the start Arsenal were poor and sloppy which was added to with a low tempo. Things then got worst when Coquelin had to go off injured.  However, Arsenal then took the lead through a Giroud header but was pegged back by West Brom after poor defending from a free kick. The winner then was scored through an Arteta own goal.

Cech – 6 – Didn’t have much to do and wasn’t at fault for any of the goals.

Bellerin – 6 – Not the greatest game by the young right back but tried to make a difference in the final third.

Mertesacker - 6 – Looked poor throughout and gave the ball away from a free kick which nearly cost Arsenal, constantly beaten in the air.

Koscielny – 7 – Not at fault for the goals and defended okay looking his usual solid self. A good performance considering the recent events in France.

Monreal – 7 – Monreal had a good game and delivered a couple of good crosses.

Coquelin – N/A – Got injured

Cazorla – 5 -  A poor performance by Cazorla and could be accused of taking too many touches all of the time which slowed the game. Missed a crucial penalty but to be fair to him he did slip.

Sanchez – 7 – Sanchez was one of Arsenal’s better players and constantly tried to make things happen. Won the penalty which was subsequently missed.

Ӧzil – 7 - Arsenal’s best player alongside Sanchez and got another assist.

Gibbs  - 6 – Looked a threat at times in the final third but showed he is not a natural in that position.

Giroud – 6 – Scored the Arsenal goal but didn’t really create a lot for himself.


Arteta  - 5 – A poor display by the Arsenal captain and definitely showed a lack of match fitness. He was at fault for the equaliser and then scored the own goal. If the goal hadn’t got in he would have probably conceded a penalty and been sent off for deliberate handball. To conclude he then picked up a calf strain.

Flamini - 6 – Kept the ball well and would have had a chance if Evans had not intercepted.

Campbell – 6 – Missed a sitter after just coming on.

Overall, it was poor from the outset and probably didn’t deserve to win. Arsenal now have a crucial game in midweek against Zagreb and then must bounce back in the league.

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#5 Toennes Greenland 2015-11-23 11:33
Arteta the turtle is absolutely too slow. Speed is crucial in today´s football.
Other persons WHO are not good enough are Campbell, an Mertesacker...
+1 #4 Shogun 2015-11-22 12:08
I've said for the last two seasons Arteta is done!!!!! Only person who doesn't see this is Wenger
+1 #3 Macgooner56 2015-11-22 11:31
So Wanyama wasn't worth signing?if he had the bottle and didn't constantly dither he could, in January get Ben Arfa and Wanyama but he won't cos he'd rather show greedy Stan a big bank balance,,
+2 #2 Vik 2015-11-21 21:23
Arteta isn't good enough to be in the squad let alone be on the bench or in the team! However noly AW doesn't see that. He said he didn't buy as there was no one out there to improve our squad!!! Really no one better then Arteta? What about Scheinderlin?
+3 #1 fan 2015-11-21 18:33
Why did wenger persist with arteta?? Stupidity.